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  • Postal Vol. 2 Matt Hawkins, Bryan Hill, Art By: Isaac Goodhar

    Sun, 03 Jan 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    He's the mailman.  But he's a bit more, too.  He's the son of the Mayor and she runs the town her way.  Why?Image Comics shared a galley of this comic with me.  It's available for purchase now.  You can buy it here:  COMIC.This story line is intriguing.  Mark does what his mother wants for the most part.  His father is not around, his mother is sleeping with the sheriff, and his girlfriend apparently has plans of her own.  He gets kidnapped by two killers.  The sheriff saves him.  He asks his girl to go out and she says yes.  However Read More
  • Railroad Rising: The Black Powder Rebellion by J. P. Wagner

    Sat, 02 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Carrtog is the third son of a Lord, so there is no chance he will inherit.  He decides to hire out as a mercenary.  He has some knowledge of magic, a friend that is teaching him common sense and how to fight, and a good horse.  Of course, he has to be careful about politics.  They can kill him, too.Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  You can get a copy on Amazon now.I wasn't sure about this book, but it had gunpowder magic, steam power, a touch of romance, and Read More
  • Ladle to the Grave (Soup Lover's Mystery #4) by Connie Archer

    Fri, 01 Jan 2016 03:00:00 Permalink
    She owns By the Spoonful in downtown Snowflake, Vermont.  She has a good staff, a good business and she's getting over the loss of her parents.  Everything is going so well until the murder...The author and Goddess Fish Blog shared this story with me for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.  This is the fourth in the series, so you might want to look at the earlier books too.Lucky felt bad for the woman that died but it was thought to be a natural death since she had a bad heart.  When Read More
  • Calico Spy by Margaret Brownley

    Thu, 31 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Katie is sent out on a new case.  She's a Pinkerton detective and there have been two murders at the Harvey House she is infiltrating.  She's no waitress but she's going to have to learn fast.  Working on the inside should give her a better chance at identifying the killer.  The sheriff isn't impressed.  He thinks she's putting herself in danger.Barbour Publishing and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow and there are others in this series, too.  They are all good reads.You can tell that Katie and Read More
  • Bellwyn the Witch Stories by J.A. Pak

    Thu, 31 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Bellwyn is an unusual witch.  She's a bit absent minded, forgets how to do simple spells, and doesn't pay attention to the town gossip.  She does have a warrior who loves her.  And she's not a bad witch.  But she's not necessarily a good witch either.  She's just there - mostly...I've read work by Ms. Pak before and she writes good fantasies.  Her muse takes her all kinds of places and she articulates these mind journeys in a clear voice.  I bought this book on Amazon and enjoyed reading it.  Check it out.Bellwyn has been "possessed" which means she could Read More
  • Professor Challenger: New Worlds, Lost Places by J. R. Campbell, Charles Prepolec

    Wed, 30 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Professor Challenger is a big man with a big brain.  He's into adventure, seeks knowledge anywhere and has no fear of what he faces.  Even if it is a journey to another world, he's game.Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up a copy now on Amazon.I hadn't read about Professor Challenger before.  If I see more about his antics, I'll be reading them.  These short stories were way out and lots of fun.  There's a taste of Jules Verne, H G Wells, and Read More
  • Shadow Wrack: The Eldritch Manor Series by Kim Thompson

    Wed, 30 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    There are dark spots appearing again in Willa's life.  She doesn't want any visitors from the other side so she's worried about them.  Why are they there?  Who's bringing them?  Can she stop them?Dundurn and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 9th.This is an adventure with different magical animals that help or hinder Willa in her quest.  She's trying to keep them safe, trying to stop any infighting, and trying to figure out why the black holes are coming back.There's good action, some fighting (can you imagine a fight Read More
  • Redeeming Cade by Susan Crawford

    Tue, 29 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Cade is an ex-con who found God and is changing his life.  He's now an assistant director at the local gospel rescue mission.  He's found his calling in life.  He loves his job and the people there.  He's still a bit of a rule breaker, but he's got a good heart.  That's why he gets upset when he finds out there is new development going on and they are going to tear down the mission and use the land for the project...Redbud Press allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can Read More
  • Plain Dead by Emma Miller

    Tue, 29 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Rachel is happily running a bed and breakfast and chairing a winter festival for the Amish to show off their arts and crafts.  When the local newspaper man hints he will print something nasty in the paper about her, she loses her temper and shouts at him.  He's already hurt an Amish family with his gossip column.  She doesn't want her past to ruin her future.  That becomes another worry for her.  It's even worse when he's found dead the next day...Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published Read More
  • Guaranteed to Bleed by Julie Mulhern

    Mon, 28 Dec 2015 03:00:00 Permalink
    She and her daughter are back home again after spending some time in France.  After finding her husband murdered and taking care of his funeral, she needed some time away.  Especially since he was two-timing her and she needed to adjust to her muted grief and the shame of folks taking about her.  She's back now, attending the local football game, and refreshing her lipstick when she drops the tube.  It was a very expensive French lipstick, so she goes down behind the bleachers to get it back.  What she finds is young man who is bleeding and on his Read More
  • A Song for the Brokenhearted: A Breen and Tozer Mystery by William Shaw

    Sun, 27 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Breen has been shot in the line of duty and is staying at Tozer's parent's house.  She's trying to keep him quiet so he will heal.  He's not a good patient.  When she tells him of her sister's murder which has never been solved, he finally has something he can look into to keep himself busy.  He'll wish he hadn't taken it on...Mulholland Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 19th, so you can grab a copy then.Breen is a very persistent cop.  He keeps kicking up the Read More
  • Where It Hurts by Reed Farrel Coleman

    Sat, 26 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Gus had a good life.  Happy marriage, two kids, he's a retired cop and everything is going his way.  Then his son goes out to play basketball with friends and dies on the court.  He had a heart defect that no one knew about.  Life as Gus knew goes down the toilet...G P Putnam's Sons and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 26th.It's been a couple of years now since the death, but Gus still isn't over grieving.  He and his wife aren't good together anymore, his daughter Read More
  • The Secret of the Blue Glass by Tomiko Inui

    Fri, 25 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    What if you had a family of little people living with you?  What if they needed milk each day to stay alive?  And what if there was no milk to have?Pushkin Children's Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 26th.  I read about the Littles growing up, have met brownies and other creatures in stories, but this is the first time I've heard of about little people in Japan.  That caught my interest so I had to read this story.This family of little people is not as independent Read More
  • The Tale of Rescue by Michael J. Rosen

    Fri, 25 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    They're vacationing in a cabin in the Appalachians.  They're townies and don't understand how quickly the weather can turn.  That's dangerous in the mountains.Candlewick Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so check with your local bookstore for a copy.When they get turned around in the woods because of a white out, there's nothing they can do except try to take shelter from the storm.  They're dressed warmly but there's wind and dampness in the air and they may not make it through the night.The father calls and whistles but Read More
  • River Road by Carol Goodman

    Thu, 24 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    She had a little too much to drink but she was fine for driving home.  The ice and snow added more difficulty.  Then she hit something.  She was sure it was a deer but she couldn't find it.  She gives up and heads home for bed.  She can't imagine why someone is knocking on her door in the morning.  Finding a policeman on her stoop is a shock.  It's even more of a shock when he tells her one of her students has been hit by a car and is dead.  And it gets worse as he suggests she was Read More
  • The Goblin's Puzzle: Being the Adventures of a Boy with No Name and Two Girls Called Alice by Andrew Chilton

    Wed, 23 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a slave.  He has no life of his own.  He takes care of the plants and grounds as ordered.  When he's ordered to go on a trip with the young master, he goes.  When he sees the other slave kill the young master, he's forsaken.  Even though he had nothing to do with it, he'll be killed for not stopping it.  So he runs, right into more trouble.Knopf Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 19th.The boy has no name.  That will be Read More
  • Harvest Moon by Sharon Struth

    Tue, 22 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a recovering addict.  She's still trying to get over being raped years ago.  There's an attraction between them but neither one is looking for anything permanent.  That's too bad...Lyrical Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It's coming out today, so you can grab a copy now.Trent is working with his brother on the vineyard he's established.  He has some family problems to overcome yet because of his past actions but he's on the straight and narrow now.  He likes being sober.  Now if he can just mend the past.Veronica has been Read More
  • Oona Finds an Egg (The Oodlethunks #1) by Adele Griffin, Mike Wu (Illustrated by)

    Tue, 22 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Oona is a typical cave girl.  Her only problem is that she gets lost.  She's lost when she tries to cross a bridge to go home and the bridge breaks!  She manages to reach the ground on the other side and rolls to a stop right next to this rock.  Oh, it's not a rock; it's an egg!Scholastic and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 5th, so you can grab a copy then.The Oodlethunks are an interesting family.  Mom works and Dad creates gourmet recipes in the kitchen.  When they Read More
  • Doodletopia: Cartoons by Christopher Hart

    Mon, 21 Dec 2015 11:12:00 Permalink
    Does someone in your family like to draw?  This book is simple, practical, and offers you not only the guidelines but space to practice your skills.  It's great introduction to cartoons.I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  It has been published so you can get a copy now.Each chapter takes you through a different exercise in drawing.  I'm not very talented in that department but I think the instructions are easy enough to follow and I might even be able to create some art.  Even if you aren't exact, you can pretend you meant to do Read More
  • The Cat Who Came In off the Roof by Annie M.G. Schmidt, David Colmer (Translated by)

    Mon, 21 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a reporter who can never find anything to write about.  He writes about cats because he sees them around town, owns one himself, and they're always into something.  His editor tells him he has to get a better story, one with real news, or he'll be fired...Delacorte Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It's being published January 19th.This is delightful story for anyone who loves cats.  I grew up with a cat.  It even slept in the crib with me.  So it's a given that I would like this story.When he's visiting Read More
  • The Case of the Fickle Mermaid: A Brothers Grimm Mystery by P. J. Brackston

    Sun, 20 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Gretel has been hired to find a mermaid.  She's pretty enthused because it means she gets to do a sea cruise.  What fun!  It's also all paid for by the Captain of the ship.  What could be better?  A bigger ship, maybe?Pegasus and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be on sale January 25th.This whole series is a hoot.  Gretel always has Hansel along, mostly because it's not safe to leave him alone.  He has a love affair with food and is embarrassing.  There are times in these stories that the Read More
  • Lizzie and the Lost Baby by Cheryl Blackford

    Sat, 19 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lizzie and her brother are uprooted and sent away because of the war.  Bombs are dropping, home is unsafe, and it's better that they go stay with another family in a safer place.  Safer maybe but not better if you're the one that has to leave home...HMH Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you.)  It will be published January 12th.Living with people you don't know is tough.  Especially when the lady that takes you in is in a deep depression.  Her sister lives next door and makes sure they Read More
  • Hour of the Wolf: An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery by Hakan Nesser

    Fri, 18 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    It all started when he drank a bit too much and decided to drive himself home anyway.  It was raining, dark, and he needed windshield wipers.  When he suddenly hits something, he stops to check it out.  It was a young man who hit the culvert with his head; he's dead.  He can do nothing for him, so he leaves him there and goes home quickly.  He's safe, no one saw him.  Oh, yes, they did...Pantheon and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 12th.When he gets a blackmail letter, he Read More
  • Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente

    Thu, 17 Dec 2015 11:40:00 Permalink
    She's the daughter of a Crow Indian woman with a white man for a father.  Her mother dies giving her birth and she never sees her father.  He's busy hunting for silver and other mining activities.  However, he does use some of his money to entertain her.  She's fine with that.  The house is big, she likes her private circus and zoo, and she doesn't mind being alone.  Then he marries again...Saga Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up a copy now.This is an odd Read More
  • The Pirate's Tempting Stowaway by Erica Ridley

    Thu, 17 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Clara has been told she has consumption.  She's sent her daughter away, even the postman won't come to her door.  She's just waiting to die...The author graciously gave me a copy of this ebook to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Clara has a surprise coming.  A man comes to her door and isn't even afraid of the gun she has.  She tells him she's sick and he doesn't care.  He's come to take her to England.  He's being paid to do it but she doesn't know that.  That's where her Read More
  • The Lady Who Lived Again by Thomasine Rappold

    Wed, 16 Dec 2015 11:05:00 Permalink
    Madeline was good friends with the other young women her age.  They flirted, danced, and had fun together.  In one unfortunate moment, all that changed...Lyrical Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It was published December 8th.When lightening struck, the horse on the wagon was scared and took off.  All the young women died, even Madeline.  However, Madeline woke back up.  Now the whole town thinks she was possessed by a demon.  Normal people don't rise again.  She also killed all those other girls.  She becomes a pariah in her own hometown.She doesn't Read More
  • Arvor's Schooldays By Jonathan Ferrier

    Wed, 16 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Arvor is a young dragon.  When his father says it's time for him to start school, he's ready.  But is the school?The author and Publishing Push gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy at Barnes and Noble, Amazon.co.uk, Waterstones, Amazon.com, or Google Books.Arvor is smaller than most dragons, can't fly, and isn't very athletic.  That sets him apart from the main crowd.  He makes his own friends, though, so it's not all bad.I found this amusing and fun to read.  Arvor is always getting in Read More
  • The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary

    Tue, 15 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    She doesn't want to go hang out at Grandmother's house.  Everyone else is home and doing wonderful things in the city.  There is NOTHING to do in the country.  Absolutely NOTHING.  And the internet connection there is impossible, too.Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 5th.This is like an Asian fairy tale but it's a bigger tale.  There's myth, legend and fantasy woven together here.  The author does a very nice job of making the impossible believable.Saki is a young girl who has some growing up Read More
  • Private Eye Deluxe Edition by Brian K Vaughan

    Mon, 14 Dec 2015 11:43:00 Permalink
    Can you imagine what life would be like without the internet?  How about what it would be like if all your information you had hidden in a cloud became common knowledge to all?  No more secrets, all your personal thoughts are public.  Would you hide behind a mask?  These people do.Image Comics and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow, so you can grab it then.This is a graphic novel set in the future.  The main character is a man that uses a false name and acts as a private Read More
  • Mouse Scouts by Sarah Dillard

    Mon, 14 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Violet and Tigerlily were so excited!  They're leaving the Buttercups behind and moving on to be Acorn mouse scouts.Yearling and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 5th.This little chapter book is a charming read with lots of little mouse characters.  Violet and Tigerlily are friends and work together most of the time.  This new level of scouts means they have to start earning their merit badges.  The first project they are given is raising a garden.The story is fun, with lots of mouse challenges to do the same Read More
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